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Subject: I WAS THERE
Crushing Bird Song w/Carlos. We stayed at Motel 6 right behind the Tropicana @ 23.99 a night. As others say, not a big fan of post Brent, but had a great time. Slot machine space was awesome. My friend walked into the show with a 64oz Absolute and tonic. It was priceless. Took some good hits for this show too!!!!!
Subject: The DEAL b4 drums
F Y I the other time the deal was played into drums was at the Greek the night they broke the very first watchtower. That said this is a nice show. Never liked post brent yet as of lately have been listening to alot of what I missed in the years after I stopped touring. I will give this show a A because am a fan of the strange stuff they did from time to time.
love you forever my Little one Gina Ge Ge Ge
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Subject: Very Strong Show
Strong first set. Naturally the Santana guested fifteen-minute Bird Song could be the highlight for some.
Billy and Mickey are on fire for the whole show. The entire band is for that matter.
For me, the second set is really where its at. Foolish Heart has beautiful Hornsby/Garcia interchange but its relatively short jam segments feel like a warm up. Unfortunately Saint is over-saturated by too many different sounds (sometimes Vince's syth tones mixed with Jerry's midi gets to be too much) though noted as a nice start to the set.
Things really get going with a musically powerful version of Crazy Fingers. Jer's vocals could naturally be a bit stronger, but for the time, a moving rendition of the song. The heat towards the X-factor continues with a (possibly the best of the 90s?) house stompin Truckin'. Sometimes with Truckin', it seems like a filler second set song, but not at this show. The dead "radio classic" steams with new creative energy and quality interchange between all. Certainly one of the evenings highlights.
The Dead were always great at saluting their given audience. The rare if not only time that Deal>Drums is fitting for Las Vegas, as is the entertaining "slot machine" space.
A strong show and a great recording. I really feel that 1991 was the last strong performance year for the Grateful Dead. That was 20 years ago today.....
How Healy seamlessly wove the slot machine into space and then how it paid off right on time?
This was an amazing show in blistering heat.
My younger brother and 18 mo old sons first show.
One day I will never forget.
Subject: Thanks Carlos
I was at this show. The boys were on a roll through the summer of '90 and into '91. Jerry was back to his old bad habits and the music was ripping as a result. Tempe, Deer Creek so many amazing shows you hated to miss one during this period. Hot and sunny and getting baked with Danny Bonaducci (Partidge Family) in the desert and they come out ripping. Then they introduce Carlos Santana for the best Bird Song I've ever seen. Enjoy both days in Vegas because they are great examples of how the boys had ramped the music back up to levels that they hadn't played at in years. Thanks for the memories (or lack there of) Jerry!
Subject: Carlos Rocks!!
Best Bird Song of all time. Carlos's solo is on a transcedant level. At one point Jerry sits back and lets Carlos take charge, before taking the song back to earth. not Jerry's usual role.